NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) _ A judge has dismissed a bid by the Eastern Pequots to gain federal recognition that would qualify them for certain financial aid and the right to have land taken into federal trust for casino development.

The tribe in southeastern Connecticut won federal recognition in 2002 but it was taken away three years later by the Interior Board of Indian Appeals.

 The Day of New London  reports the ruling filed over the weekend by U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan in Washington found the tribe failed to challenge the ruling within a six-year statute of limitations.
The towns of North Stonington, Ledyard and Preston have opposed the tribe’s bid for recognition out of concern that land claims could cut into local zoning and taxation.
Information from: The Day,

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